Sudhin Thanawala Associated Press Published 6:43 p.m. UTC Jul 10, 2018 San Francisco – Evidence that Roundup weed killer can cause cancer seems “weak,” but experts can still make that claim at trial, a U.S. judge ruled Tuesday. The decision by U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco allows hundreds of lawsuits against Roundup’s manufacturer, Monsanto, to move forward. The lawsuits by cancer victims and their families say the agrochemical giant long knew about Roundup’s cancer risk but failed to warn them. Many government regulators have rejected a link between cancer and the active ingredient in Roundup – glyphosate. Monsanto has vehemently denied such a connection, saying hundreds of studies have established that glyphosate is safe. Chhabria said the evidence, “viewed in its totality, seems too equivocal to support any firm conclusion that glyphosate causes” non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Still, the judge said he would … [Read more...] about Judge: Experts can testify, Roundup linked to cancer
Brett Molina USA TODAY Published 8:54 p.m. UTC Jun 13, 2018 An increase in the number of parents are opting out of vaccinations for their kids non-medical reasons is creating hot spots in Detroit and other U.S. cities for measles and other diseases, a study finds. The study, published Tuesday in the Public Library of Science journal PLOS Medicine, found that since 2009, the number of kindergarten-aged children enrolling in school with non-medical waivers has increased in 12 of 18 states that allow the exemptions. In Michigan, according to the state public health code, parents are required immunize their children against diseases such as polio, whooping cough, tetanus and diphtheria. Groups for children, such as schools and summer camps, must require proof of immunization before admitting a child. However, a parent can waive the vaccine requirement if they can present a letter stating religious objections to the vaccine or by getting a physician to … [Read more...] about Detroit named a hot spot for vaccination exemptions
Kristen Jordan Shamus Detroit Free Press Published 7:03 p.m. UTC May 27, 2018 Christopher Larime goes out to lunch most days, often with co-workers from the General Motors Tech Center in Warren. The father of three said he ate in March at the Buffalo Wild Wings across Mound Road from his office. It's the same restaurant where a food worker was later found to have hepatitis A. Larime is one of 837 people sickened with the virus in Michigan since August 2016. It has killed 27 people in the state, which remains in the throes of the biggest hepatitis A outbreak in the country. As of May 23, hardest hit are Macomb County, with 220 cases; the City of Detroit, with 170; Wayne County, with 144, and Oakland County, with 114 cases. The virus is highly contagious and can be spread through food or water contaminated by the feces of an infected person, through close contact or sex with a person who has hepatitis A or by touching … [Read more...] about Michigan’s hepatitis A outbreak is worst in U.S. What you need to know.
As support for the role of steps two and three, Greaves cited epidemiological studies that have found the incidence of acute lymphoblastic leukemia is notably higher in children who did not attend day care, were firstborn in their families, were not breastfed, and were born via caesarian section rather than vaginally. All of those, he said, are fair surrogates for lower levels of early-life exposure to germs and infections. … [Read more...] about New ‘unified theory’ of childhood leukemia raises possibility of preventing the disease
The Detroit News Published 2:04 p.m. UTC May 24, 2018 For 32 years, The News has saluted a group of Michigan’s best and brightest high school students in the spring of their senior year. Partnering with CATCH — Sparky Anderson’s Charity for Children — we call it the Outstanding Graduates program. It is an honor to share the stories of these remarkable young people and to consider that Michigan will benefit from their future endeavors, and the endeavors of so many of their friends and classmates. The top seniors were chosen from a field of outstanding nominees. Public and private high schools in Michigan were invited to nominate students in each of 11 categories. Students were selected on the basis of grades, test scores, honors, community involvement and a demonstrated ability in one of the academic areas. In a special category called “Against All Odds” students were recognized for succeeding despite a physical hardship or special, personal or … [Read more...] about 2018 Outstanding Grads: Remarkable students, stories